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College costs must be controlledRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Colleges must control costs so that students, particularly those from low-income families, can afford higher education without going into tremendous debt.
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Indiana should brace for auto falloutRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
The Big Three and the United Auto Workers do not appear to be serious about making the concessions and changes that are necessary to make them a viable entity for the long haul.
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Convention center, please go greenRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Wouldn't it be great to offer the new addition to the Convention Center as an example of green-building practices?
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Hetrick column appreciated for its thought-provoking candorRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
I find your writing to be thought-provoking, and I especially liked your [Nov. 24] piece.
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Speedway project will have victimsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
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Don't treat children like commoditiesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
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New president is a sign of hopeRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The election for me was like looking up for a change instead of having a spiral-down feeling, which was good.
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Story of creation is beautifulRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Teaching the story of creation isn't "hocus-pocus," and vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin isn't arguing how long it took to create the earth on the presidential campaign trail.
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Lou Harry's arts coverage is welcome, insightful

November 17, 2008
Lou Harry's art coverage is thorough and vital to the community, and IBJ, an overall interesting read, should remain committed to including arts reviews and news.
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Hospitality industry needs state supportRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At this difficult time in the country's economic life, state leaders should invest in tourism promotion and development.
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New health plans will cost more laterRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Consumer-driven health plans will lead to greater medical expenses later because people avoid going to the doctor now.
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Gene Cato was true sports boosterRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Gene Cato was a true supporter of high school sports in Indiana.
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FFA is grateful to sponsors, funders for successful conventionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
The National FFA Organization and the city of Indianapolis can celebrate the record-breaking success of the 81st National FFA Convention, thanks to the generosity and assistance of committees, funders and citizens.
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Executives must stress wellness program benefits consistentlyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Health care benefits that promote wellness should be an ongoing executive suite focus, not simply an annual budget concern.
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What professional wants gray hair?Restricted Content

November 10, 2008
Dying your hair so you look younger is fine, whether you're male or female.
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Where was Horning in candidate story?Restricted Content

November 3, 2008
Libertarian candidate Andy Horning should have been covered in more detail in IBJ article about the governor's race.
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Reader suggests IBJ journalists probe officials' assertionsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The airport authority should not assume a 3-percent growth rate because of the new airport, and the FFA Convention was not as wildly successful as reported. Mayor Peterson shouldn't be held out as a good example of a mayor who supports public transportation.
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Let's invest in wind, instead of coalRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Developing wind energy for Indiana would be economical and could make the state a leader in the green economy of the future.
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We're losing art of letter-writingRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
No one writes real letters anymore, and that will make the history of today less rich and meaningful for future generations.
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Keep Lynch as IU football coachRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
With all the disruption in Indiana University's athletic programs, Head football coach Bill Lynch should stay on and be given a chance to build a strong program.
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FFA benefits cityRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The FFA brought vitality and $40 million to Indianapolis' economy during its recent convention here.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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